Opponents already have a difficult time matching up with Timberline senior guard Donaven Dorsey.
A long-armed 6-foot-7 senior who steps out and shoots 3-pointers is a tough problem for teams to deal with. Give Dorsey a little help, and the problem compounds.
Sophomore forward Jarryn Bush scored 21 points, and Dorsey added 19 as the Blazers advanced in the West Central District 3A tournament by defeating upstart Peninsula, 63-55, in a loser-out game at Rogers High School.
“Jarryn stepped up and started making shots,” Dorsey said. “He’s tough. He’s a tough player.”
Timberline (12-9) advances to play Enumclaw on Wednesday. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Washington High School.
Down 7-0 right out of the gate, Timberline went on an extended run and took a 32-23 lead into halftime.
Peninsula had a big run of its own. Lead by sophomore guard JaQuori McLaughlin, Peninsula scored nine straight points early in the third quarter. The Seahawks eventually took a 49-48 lead on Levi Alton’s layup with 6:20 left in the game.
The lead was short-lived. Timberline went on a 9-0 run of its own to take command of the game, with Bush scoring seven of the points.
Dorsey pulled down 10 rebounds and was a shot-blocking presence in the paint.
The University of Washington commit wants to make a deep run in the playoffs.
“We want to get back to state, and go farther than we did last year,” Dorsey said.
McLaughlin scored 28 points for Peninsula. His sophomore class accounted for 38 of Peninsula’s 55 points in the game – a good sign for the future.
“I’m so proud of the guys,” said Peninsula coach Jake Jackson. “Last year we were 4-16; this year we went 15-8. We have seven sophomores on the roster. We’ve come so far.”
Lincoln 66, Hazen 47: Lincoln came out firing, pouring in 25 points in the first quarter and coasting to an easy win at Rogers High School.
Lincoln nailed four 3-pointers in the first quarter, on the way to a 7-for-19 (37 percent) shooting night from beyond the arc.
Sophomore guard Trevion Brown scored 18 points for Lincoln, including eight points during the first-quarter barrage.
Lincoln (19-3) advances to play Columbia River on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Hudson’s Bay High School.
Hazen (16-4), whose season ended, was led by junior Dominic Green with 18 points.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Foss 71, Prairie 52: Olashawan Miller scored all of his 13 points in the first quarter, when the Falcons took a 22-8 lead. Foss, seeded last from the Narrows 3A, cruised in a loser-out game at Rogers High School.
Armond Davis led all scorers with 32 points, 15 coming in the third quarter for Foss (15-6).